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Rio Reservoir

Rio Reservoir offers some great fishing opportunities. The remains of an old bridge offers good structure for bass fishing. While fishing keep your eyes open for bald eagles (this is prime eagle-viewing country).

Physical Features:

Elevation: 813 feet
Area: 422 acres
Shoreline Length: 9.3 miles
Max Depth: 80 feet
Mean Depth: 31 feet


NYS DEC boat launch off of Old Plank Rd. Parking for 15 cars and trailers, open April 1 to November 1. Hand launch located off of Rio Dam Rd with parking for 10 cars. No gas motors allowed. No ice fishing allowed (Eagle habitat)
Rio Reservoir Contour Map (PDF)

Fish Species:

Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Brown Trout, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Bullhead, Chain Pickerel, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch and Walleye

Rio Reservoir Image


Recent fisheries surveys have also found that Rio Reservoir has a healthy walleye population


Statewide fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

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